Princeton deals Trojans their first loss of season


PRINCETON – After winning its first three games in convincing fashion, Mendota got a chance to see how it stacks up with the upper echelon of the Three Rivers Conference. And while the outcome didn’t turn out the way the Trojans wanted it to, they proved they can play with the big boys.

Mendota journeyed into Tiger territory in Princeton to renew an old rivalry, and despite a 28-7 setback, the Trojans gave the highly-touted Tigers their fiercest battle of the season on Sept. 17 at Bryant Field.

It was Mendota’s first loss in four games and evened its record at 1-1 in the Three Rivers Mississippi Division, while Princeton improved to 4-0 and 2-0.

Princeton came into the contest as an unstoppable machine on offense and an immovable force on defense. The Tiger offense averaged 47 points through the first three games of the season and the defense was giving up just nine tallies per outing. While Mendota only managed seven points, it moved the ball well enough to put it in position to score more than just its one touchdown on the night. And on defense, the Trojans allowed the juggernaut Princeton offense a hard-fought 288 yards and shut the Tigers out in the second half.